A Custom Assessment is used to assess knowledge of particular skills, strands, and/or standards. It can be administered frequently to measure a small number of specific skills, or it can be used broadly to measure a larger number of skills. It can also be administered as a pre- and post-test to measure learning gains.
When creating the assessment, you can refine it by subject, grade, state standards or strand/skill. An individualized learning path (ILP) can be created for each student.
Note: If you plan to administer the same custom assessment more than once to document student growth, you must re-assign the same test instance. See the Monitor Assessments job aid for directions on how to correctly reassign the assessment.
Create a new Custom Assessment
Locate and Select Skills
|4||To locate and select the specific skill(s) you want to test, you will use
the Refine Search box that displays.
Refine your search by clicking the + symbol next to either State
Standard, Strand or Cognitive Complexity.
Note: If you leave Cognitive Complexity boxes unchecked – the test
will automatically contain both higher and lower level complexity
Note: The number of test items found is listed at the top of the popup
box. This is the maximum number of questions that a student can
receive on the assessment.
|5||Click Next. |
Name Test, etc...
|6||Name this new assessment; this is the name the student(s) will see. |
|7||Select an icon; use the arrows to scroll for more choices. |
|8||(Optional) Enter a description for the test; the student(s) will not see
|9|| (Optional) Click on Add Message to create a
custom message for the student(s) to view before taking the
A. The custom message is
limited to 255 characters.
B. Once the message is complete, click Save.
|10||(Optional) Click on Add Resources to attach
additional documents that may be needed to complete or administer
the assessment. These are accessible by staff members only.
A. Click on the file folder icon to
browse, select and upload files.
The documents can be in pdf, doc,
xls, jpg or png format.
B. Click on the world icon to attach
a specific URL and to include a description of the URL to the list.
Note: If you have mistakenly uploaded a file or URL, clicking delete
will immediately remove the link or file.
|11||The assessment is set to automatically create an ILP for each student,
as noted by the check in the Create ILP box. If you just want this
assessment to only assess student knowledge, then uncheck the
Create ILP box.
By selecting “Classworks Recommends”, you want Classworks to
create an ILP closely aligned with the objectives. You have the option
to select a different alignment, if desired.
|12||In the Statistics box you can view the: |
- Objectives covered in the test
- Grade level of the objectives
- Number of items on Form A & Form B (if multiple formats is
Total number of items possible on each form
|13||Mastery % per Objective: To change the mastery
%, simply click in the box and type in a new
mastery %. Note: We do not recommend setting
the mastery % over 75%.
Randomize: If checked, the questions within an
objective and answers choices within a question
will be randomized; this helps minimize cheating.
View Incorrect Answers: If checked, the students
can review their answers after they complete the
Bookmark: If checked (recommended), the student answers will be
saved if the test is not completed in one sitting.
Multiple Formats: If checked this will split the test questions in half to
create a Form A and Form B of the test; this is helpful when using the
assessment as a pre- and post-test.
Secure Assessment: If checked students will be required to enter an
unlock code in order to access the assessment. See below for more
information on the secure assessment feature.
Apply Algorithm: With a Standard Test Length, each objective has four
questions. This number changes if you select multiple formats, shortest
test possible or one of the cognitive complexity choices. If you check the
Algorithm box in the Characteristics box, an algorithm is applied which
will determine how many questions for each objective the student will
get. The algorithm directly reflects the mastery percentage you set. The example below is based on each objective
having four questions and the mastery set at 70%:
|The student misses the first two
questions||The score is 50%, and s/he is moved to
the questions for the next objective.|
|The student misses the first question
but gets the second correct ||The student receives a third question for
|The student misses the first question,
gets the second correct and the third
wrong ||The student receives a fourth question
for the objective. |
|The student misses the first question,
gets the second and third correct ||The student receives a fourth question
for the objective.|
|The student gets the first three
questions correct ||The student is moved onto the next
Note: If you de-select the Algorithm box, the student will receive all
questions for each objective.
Note: If you have selected Shortest Test Length in the Characteristics
box, then the algorithm does not apply since there is only one
question per objective.
Select Test Length
|14||Select one of the options for test length (See details below)|
|Length ||Each objective has four test items.||Each objective has one
test item.||Varies |
|Options ||Ability to review the
assessment by clicking
the button.||Ability to review the
assessment by clicking the button.||Ability to remove and/or
add Classworks test items
by clicking the button. |
|15||Note: If you selected Custom Test Length, proceed to the next
Click in the bottom right hand corner.
Custom Test Length: Edit Assessment
By selecting Custom Test Length, you have the ability to remove and/or add Classworks test items. Select the button to access this screen.
Note: Match the item number & objective on the preview screen (right side) with the item number & objective listed on the left side of the screen.
If multiple formats is selected,
click on the A & B button to move
items to a different form.
add it to
Click to preview only the
items currently selected.
Click to preview all
of the items.
Min Items button
Click to select only
one question per
Max Items button
Click to select all
questions for all
To advance to the
select an answer
and then click the
Once you have created and saved the Custom Assessment you must assign it to your student(s) or your class. More information on how to Assign an Assessment is available in the Resource Center.
If the secure assessment option was selected, there are two places for teachers to locate the unlock code:
- From the Classes Tab > Assessment Sub Tab: Expand the appropriate test type by clicking the + symbol next to custom. In the parenthesis next to assessment name the unlock code is listed.
- By clicking on the assessment name, the
Assessment Details window pops up. The unlock
code can found under the icon tool bar.
Note: If the unlock code has been compromised
teachers can click on the regenerate hyperlink
and a new unlock code will be displayed
immediately. The previous unlock code will no
Once you are ready for the students to take the
secure assessment they will be required to
enter the access code in order to start the test.
The unlock code is not case sensitive.
Preview the Assessment and Access Additional Resources
Once the assessment is created, you can preview it to see the questions or to
read it aloud to students. You also access the additional resources that were
|1||From the Assessment Tab, expand the Created section by clicking on
the + symbol. |
|2||Expand the appropriate test type by clicking the + symbol.|
|3||Click on the name of the Assessment; the Assessment Details box
will display. |
|4||Click to access documents that
were added. |
|5||Click to see the test questions.|
|6||To exit Preview, click close X at the top corner of the window or tab. |
From the Assessment Tab > Created section:
Expand the Created section by clicking on the + symbol.
- To edit the assessment:
Click on the button. Note: Edits will not apply to
already assigned assessments.
- To share the assessment:
Click on the symbol to change it to . Click button .
- To delete the assessment:
Click on the button. Click .
View Alignment of Assessed Items
Prior to creating a custom assessment, you have the ability to view the alignment
of test items to your State Standards and/or the Common Core Standards.
|1||Click on the Assessment Tab.|
|2||Click the View Alignment button.|
|3||Click the + symbol to expand the sequence for the grade and subject
you wish to view.|
|4||Continue to drill down by clicking the + symbol until you see the list of
Classworks learning objectives aligned to each standard.|
|5||Click on the name of the Classworks learning objective (blue and
underlined) to preview the aligned test items.
Note: Each learning objective will have four questions aligned, however,
there are a few exceptions.